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February 8, 2019

Quinoa Idli Recipe – Quinoa Idli Dosa Batter Recipe – South Indian Quinoa Recipes

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Quinoa idli recipe

This is my second post under Quinoa recipes. I had already shared Instant quinoa idli without rice. Today I have posted how to make Indian style, soft idli and crispy dosa batter with quinoa by fermentation method. As I always say, quinoa is not thinai in Tamil. Quinoa and foxtail millet/ Thinai are completely different. Quinoa should be pronounced as Keen-wah. This millet is widely available in US and abroad. 

In India, you can find it in organic stores in all major metropolitan cities and is available online in Amazon. But It is costly. In this quinoa idli dosa batter recipe, I have used a combination of quinoa, idli rice (Salem rice) and urad dal in the ratio of 2:1:3/4. You can try this recipe without idli rice but idli may be sticky to taste. 

Addition of rice helps to keep the idli non-sticky and gives a proper shape. Even though its my first attempt, I am completely happy with the output. Idli came out very well, soft and spongy with a mild nutty flavor. Idli looks pale white in color like quinoa and not pure white. I tried making dosa too. It was crispy in the sides and soft in the center. You can make thin dosa or thick uthappam adding onion, chilli as you wish. 

One thing you should remember about this batter is , it becomes sour quickly. After fermentation, you should refrigerate the batter till use. Also It is better to finish the batter in 2 days by making idli, dosa, uttapam or paniyaram. This idli tastes slightly sticky when hot. But it tastes perfect when eaten warm. You can serve this idli with any chutney or sambar. I had it with coconut chutney and idli podi. It was yumm ! 

After trying this quinoa idli successfully, I am confident of exploring more quinoa recipes. I will post it whenever I make any. Ok, now lets see how to make quinoa idli dosa batter with rice with step by step pictures.

Check out my other MILLET RECIPES too !

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Quinoa idli dosa recipe

Quinoa idli dosa recipe

How to make quinoa idli, dosa batter recipe for healthy breakfast and dinner

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Quinoa - 2 cups
  • Idli rice / Salem rice - 1 cup
  • White, round urad dal - 3/4 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
  1. Wash and soak quinoa, idli rice, urad dal together for 7 to 8 hours.
  2. Grind to a smooth paste in mixie or grinder adding required water.
  3. Transfer the batter to a big vessel and ferment it over night.
  4. Next morning batter would have doubled in quantity.
  5. Add salt and mix well with a ladle. Grease idli plate and fill the batter.
  6. Steam in an idli pot for 10 minutes. Check if its cooked well by inserting a wet finger.
  7. Remove the idli plate once its done. Let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Then remove the idli and serve with chutney or sambar.
  8. You can also make thin or thick dosa with this batter. 
  • Wash the quinoa twice or thrice. Along with it add idli rice, urad dal. Wash it well. Soak them together for 7 to 8 hours.
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  • Grind the batter in a wet grinder or mixie ( in batches) to a smooth paste adding required water. Do not add salt.
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  • Transfer the batter to a vessel. Ferment it over night or minimum 10 hours. The next morning, batter would have doubled in quantity based on the weather. Add salt and mix the batter well with a ladle. Add little water if the batter is too thick.
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  • Grease an idli plate with oil. Pour the batter till 3/4th of each hole. Boil water in an idli pot. Place the idli plate when the water comes to a roll boil. Steam it for 10 minutes or till cooked.

  • Check the idli by inserting your wet finger. If it comes out clean idli is cooked else cook for more time. Remove the idli plate from the pot and rest it for 3 minutes.
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  • Remove the idli using a spoon and serve it with your desired chutney or sambar.
    You can also make thin or thick dosa by adjusting the consistency of batter. But cook in low flame because this dosa turns brown quickly. quinoa idli
    Enjoy !


  • If you have quinoa flour, you can use it and mix with rice, urad dal batter.
  • This batter stays good upto 3 days under refrigeration. 
  • As I told, this idli tastes slightly sticky when very hot but it becomes perfect when warm. It stays good for few hours. So you can pack for lunch box too.

Try this easy, healthy quinoa idli dosa recipe and enjoy !

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